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What’s for Dinner?

What’s for Dinner? I’m sure you get asked this questions often or maybe you ask yourself. Well I am here to help answer that question!

Have you ever thought about eating freeze dried foods on a daily basis? It’s easy AND nutritious and with Thrive Life it’s completely possible.
We have many vegetables, fruit and meats like chicken, shredded beef, hamburger and now pulled pork and even better, all the meat is ready to be thrown into your dish after refreshing. No browning, cutting or thawing.

Our newest product is ‘Simple Plate’. This helps with those dreaded 3 words of
‘What’s for Dinner?’ Now it will be easy to answer. Plus with the recipes you can easily duplicate your favorites and stock up on the foods like to prepare over and over..
Another huge plus is the ‘Simple Plate’ is kid friendly with step by step instructions. Get your children in the kitchen helping to prepare dinner. Not only will it help you it will teach them valuable life skills.
Can’t wait to get on board with your own fresh food meal plan? Become a preferred customer and begin your deliveries today, you might be eligible for FREE SHIPPING! Ask me how!

Teach Your Children To Cook with Thrive

My grandson (8) and I decided to make chicken fajitas for the family for dinner. This recipe is from the New Thrive life Southwestern Chicken Pack.

This was so easy. The hardest part was mincing the garlic. I had him measure everything out into a bowl. Then he poured contents of the bowl into frying pan. Then sauteed and cooked it.
He told me it looked good and couldn’t wait to eat it!
Plus, he loved eating the chicken right out of the can before we started cooking and I didn’t have to worry about slicing the chicken!


When finished he gave his meal a thumbs up. All 4 of us each had one, then we even had seconds. It made 8 fajitas! And they were delicious!   

Back to the Basics

As you sign up for our monthly service The Q start with the basics.

I looked into our buckets of sugar, flour, oatmeal etc. These buckets come in 6 gallons, with a Mylar bag sealed, and a gamma lid attached. Most of all of our food lasts up to 25 to 30 years.

With your $150 a month you could easily stock up on one bucket a month and still have left over to buy items you use every day!

For example:

Cane sugar bucket holds 40lbs of sugar with 4536 servings for only $58.99

Whole white wheat bucket holds 32lbs of wheat flour with 415 servings for only $50.29

White flour bucket holds 36lbs of white flour with 544 servings for only $39.99

Quick Oats (oatmeal) bucket holds 20lbs of oatmeal with 181 servings for only $45.89

White Rice bucket holds 42lbs of white rice with 380 servings for only $46.99

Hard white wheat bucket holds 40lbs of white wheat with 370 servings for only $51.89.

This is a great start for those basics. These buckets can be stacked on top of each other. Providing you stack weight with same weight.

2017 Preparedness: Food!

Next up for being prepared is food. Now I know you’re thinking, “I really can’t afford to do that.” But hear me out before you decide you can’t do it!

Let’s say your food budget for the month is $600. I know some of you are thinking yours is way more or that is too high. But for this example let’s just use $600 a month. Did you know that the average American family wastes an average of 25% of their grocery bill on food that they have to throw away because it goes bad before they can use it? That means in this example, you waste about $150 a month. WOW!

Let’s say you reallocated a little more than 25% of your grocery money to being more prepared. This doesn’t mean that you will not be using this money for groceries and only for food storage. In fact, it will be used for both.

Hear me out before you click off.

Let’s say you reallocate $200 and you start with buying only those foods that you end up throwing away. Like onions, celery, mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, maybe some hamburger and sausage etc.

Signing up on the Q from Thrive Life will help you start to save every single month and the groceries are delivered to your door!

For $200 with Thrive you could buy:

  • 2 #10 cans of Onions (23 cups of onions)
  • 1 pantry can of green onions (3.5 cups of green onions)
  • 1 #10 can of tomatoes (9 cups of tomatoes)
  • 1 #10 can of celery (9 cups of celery)
  • 1 #10 can of Carrots (11 cups of carrots)
  • 1 #10 can of sausage (11.5 cups of sausage)
  • 1 pantry can of Broccoli to try it out (3 cups of broccoli)

You will be surprised that through the month how much of these items you will still have left over and not spoiled!

Okay, great but how does this help me be prepared if I need these items now?

Easy, you got 2 cans of onions, right? Well, put one can aside for storage. Then your next month either buy the same items or switch out some other items to purchase.

Believe me, before long you will have accumulated several cans of food both in your kitchen area that you will continue to use and in your food storage.

Remember, ‘Store what you eat, then eat what you store.’

All of our foods at Thrive Life can be used in your favorite recipes or you can snack on the straight from the can. If your favorite recipes take an hour to cook, with Thrive Life it will be cut down to 20 to 30 min. More time for you and your family! 

A Thriving Christmas Gift!

This year, I made a Christmas gift for my 81-year-old mother who sometimes just doesn’t like to cook anything. She tells me that it is just too much trouble to get everything out and make herself something to eat when it is just her. For her, a peanut butter sandwich is enough. So I decided to help her Thrive and made her 10 meals in a jar! Each one is only about 3 servings a piece. All she needs to do is get a pan fill with water and pour contents of jar in. They take about 10 to 15 min cook and then she will have a very healthy meal.

Be sure to check out gwendavies.thrivelife.com/recipes for more awesome recipes!


General Jar Directions: Layer ingredients in a quart-sized jar, shaking the jar will help to add all ingredients. I used an oxygen absorbic packet (will last about 6 months). But if you want longer storage you could seal the jars with a food saver. Make sure your jars are completely dry before you start putting in your dry ingredients. Wide mouth jars are better.

All of the ingredients will fit in the jar. If you are having trouble getting them to fit tap the bottom of the jar lightly on a hard surface until the contents settle.

Taco Soup in a Jar

½ cup of Thrive Life freeze dried Sausage Crumbles

½ cup of Thrive Life freeze dried Ground Beef

¼ cup of Thrive Life freeze dried Chopped Onions

1 cup of Thrive Instant Black Beans (optional)

1/3 cup of Thrive Life freeze dried Corn

3 – 4 Tbsp Thrive Life Mixed Dehydrated Peppers

2 – 3 Tbsp Thrive Life freeze dried Green Chilies

2 – 3 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning Mix (non-Thrive Life)

1 – 2 Tbsp. Cumin (non-Thrive Life)

¼ cup Thrive Life Sour Cream Powder

¼ cup Thrive Life Tomato Powder

¼ cup Thrive Life Cheese Blend

1 Tbsp. Thrive Life Cilantro Seasoning

Put in Jar in order.

Add contents of Jar to about 6 cups of water (depending on how thick you like your soup). Whisk, bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 to 20 min. Serve with crackers or Lemon/Lime tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream.

Spaghetti Sauce in a Jar

½ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Ground Beef   

1 cup Thrive Life Tomato Sauce (not tomato powder)     

2 Tbsp. Thrive Life Italian Seasoning    

2 Tbsp. garlic powder (non-Thrive Life)  

¼ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Sausage Crumbles     

¼ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Zucchini (did not fit in the pint jar)

¼ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Chopped Onions

¼ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Celery

½ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Mushrooms

½ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Tomato Dices

Put in Jar starting in that order.

Boil 5 to 6 cups water, (depending on desired thickness) Add entire contents of jar and whisk until well blended. Simmer for about 10 to 15 min until vegetables and meat are fully re-refreshed Add more water if needed. Serve over cooked spaghetti or any pasta.

Lasagna Soup

Layer in Quart size jar starting with Sausage

¾ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Sausage

¼ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Chopped Onions

3 Tbs Thrive Life dehydrated mixed bell peppers

2 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbs Thrive Life Chicken Bouillon

¼ cup Thrive Life tomato sauce

¼ cup Thrive Life tomato powder

1 tsp Thrive Life Chef’s choice seasoning

2 cups your choice of pasta.

Remove oxygen absorber and pour into 8 cups of boiling water Stir well, add 2 tsp olive oil. Simmer 10 to 12 min until noodles are soft. Top with your choice of shredded cheese. 7 servings

Chicken Noodle Soup

¾ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Chopped Chicken

2 Tbsp Thrive Life Chicken Bouillon

1 tsp Thrive Chef’s Choice Blend

1 tsp Thrive Life Salad Blend

¼ cup Thrive freeze dried Celery

¼ cup Thrive freeze dehydrated Carrots

¼ cup Thrive freeze dried Onions

1 ½ -2 cups Egg Noodles, I used fettuccine noodles

Fill the jar up

Cooking Directions: Add contents of jar to 8 cups of rapidly boiling water: Stir well. Simmer 10 -12 minutes until noodles are soft.


Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup (6 servings)

½ cup Thrive Life freeze dried ground beef

¼ cup Thrive Life freeze dried sausage crumbles

¼ cup Thrive Life tomato powder

1 ½ Tbs Worcestershire powder Optional (I did not use)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbs Thrive Life beef bouillon

1 cup Thrive Life dehydrated mixed peppers

1/3 cup Thrive Life freeze dried onions

¼ cup Thrive Life celery

¼ cup Thrive Life instant brown rice

Boil 8 to 10 cups of water empty jar contents into it. Reduce boil to a simmer and cook (stirring frequently) for 15-20 min. Add more or less water for desired soup thickness.

Recipe: Lentil Soup

Thanks to SpicyVegan for the recipe!

2.5 cups THRIVE Lentils
1/3 cup THRIVE Green Onions
1/4 cup THRIVE celery
1 bay leaf
10 cups water
1/4 cup THRIVE carrots
1 cup THRIVE potato dices
1/2 teas. Thrive Life Chef’s Blend Seasoning
1-3 tbsp. Thrive Life Chicken Bouillon
1 teas. salt
2 drops basil essential oil (ask me how to order some!)
1 tbsp. lemon juice

1. Sort and rinse lentils.

2. Combine all ingredients except lemon juice in a 5- to 6- quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours on high.

3. Remove the bay leaf. Just before serving, stir in lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Serves 18 cups

Recipe: Tomato Soup

Thanks to YourOwnHomeStore.com for the recipe!

What you need:

What to do:

  1. Fill a large pot with 7 cups warm water
  2. Whisk tomato powder into water
  3. Add onion, tomato dices, sugar, bouillon. Mix well.
  4. Add lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stir to combine and heat almost to boiling.
  5. Add drink powder, and vinegar, then parsley and basil.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix milk powder and 1 1/2 cups water until dissolved.
  7. Remove soup from heat and slowly add the milk to the soup. Stir it all together.
  8. Top with a bit more black pepper and enjoy!

Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies

pb cookies

1 Cup butter, room temperature

2 eggs

3/1/3 Cup Thrive Life Sugar Cookie

Mix 1 1/3 Cup Thrive Life Peanut

Flour 1⁄4 cup water


1. Add softened butter to a mixer and whip until light. Add eggs and mix until blended.

2. Add cookie mix and peanut flour and mix together. Add water and mix until dough forms.

3. Scoop onto greased cookie sheet and press with a fork. Sprinkle tops with sugar.

4. Bake at 350F for 9–10 minutes. Makes about 36 cookies

Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie

1 cup Thrive Beef TVP or Ground Beef (reconstituted)
16 oz tomato sauce
1-2 cups Thrive corn
1-2 cups Green beans
Mashed Potatoes (I make 8 servings worth)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Italian Seasoning

Heat oven to 350.
Heat beef in tomato sauce and add Italian Seasoning.
Pour mixture into the bottom of a 9×12 pan. Layer on green beans and corn on top of the tomato and beef mixture. Spread mashed potatoes on top (the smoother the mashed potatoes, the easier it will be to spread – add more milk as needed while prepping potatoes). Sprinkle cheese on top.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and heated through

Recipe: Dinosaur Pancakes/German Pancakes

 dino pancakesIngredients
3⁄4 c Thrive Scrambled Egg mix or Whole Egg Powder
1 c thrive milk, reconstituted
1 1⁄3 c water
1⁄2 t thrive iodized salt
1 1⁄4 c thrive flour
1⁄2 c butter
1 t vanilla

Combine eggs, milk, water, and salt in blender and blend until fluffy. Tap in flour a little at a time, beating until well blended.
Preheat empty 9×13 pan in oven for 3–4 minutes. Melt butter in preheated pan, pour in egg mixture, and immediately return to oven. Bake for 25 minutes at 425⁰F.

Serving Options:
Brush with melted butter and dust with powdered sugar before serving
Maple Syrup